July 31, 2005 |
Music subscription services have been called the all-you-can-eat buffets of the online music world. That's because, unlike the a la carte option of paying by the downloaded song, subscriptions offer a huge variety of tracks for a set monthly fee. And as any veteran Las Vegas-goer can tell you, buffets have evolved from tawdry to lavish. So too music subscription services. Only a few years ago they were the backwater of online music, with highly limited selections and buggy technology.
March 27, 2005 |
Aisle 25, first row, seats 1, 2, 3, 4. Numbers to anyone else, but a life's work for Irving Zeiger, who has had the best seats in the house for as long as there has been a house. Zeiger mailed his initial deposit for Dodger season tickets while the team was still in Brooklyn, reportedly the first check Walter O'Malley received. When O'Malley built Dodger Stadium, he rewarded Zeiger by renting him the cornerstone. His seats were in the first row directly above the Dodger dugout.
February 1, 2005 |
The Fox network thriller "24" inspires cult-like devotion by delivering mayhem, suspense and duplicity in every 60-minute episode. Now, 20th Century Fox Television is trying to squeeze that pulse-pounding formula into a 60-second package -- for cellphones. "24: Conspiracy," an original drama produced solely for the very small screen, will have its U.S. premiere today as part of a mobile video service from Verizon Wireless.
January 4, 2005 |
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., the second-biggest pay-radio company, said it would double subscribers this year after ending 2004 with 1.14 million, exceeding its target of 1 million. The New York company credited retail sales, more awareness of the benefits of satellite radio and recognition by consumers of the company's programming. "A growing percentage of subscribers" will come from the new-car market, spokesman Patrick Reilly said. Sirius has said it needs 2 million subscribers to break even.
November 14, 2004 |
As the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City prepared for its first opening -- the premiere of Charles L. Mee's "A Perfect Wedding" -- some of the theater's would-be subscribers learned they would be shut out. The response to last summer's solicitations for subscriptions at the Center Theatre Group's new Westside outpost was so heavy that certain performances were overbooked. Some people who thought they were buying subscriptions learned otherwise when they called to check on their orders.
August 24, 2004 |
RealNetworks Inc. said Monday that it would begin offering a steep discount on its digital music subscription service to some university students in an effort to stem illegal downloads and attract long-term customers. The Seattle company said it had struck deals with UC Berkeley and the University of Minnesota system to offer its standard Rhapsody service to students for $2 to $3 a month. The service is normally $9.95 a month.
August 12, 2004 |
"Bienvenidos, tienes e-mail." America Online became the biggest Internet service provider in part by stuffing millions of free sign-up discs into mailboxes, newspapers and magazines. Now it's trying something bigger to stay on top: selling cheap computers to Latinos. The Time Warner Inc. division is expected to announce today that it's reviving the failed dot-com-era tactic of selling a heavily subsidized personal computer to attract new customers.
August 6, 2004 |
Media company Belo Corp. on Thursday said it overstated its circulation numbers at the Dallas Morning News, making it the latest newspaper company to disclose inflated distribution numbers. Belo, which also owns the Press-Enterprise in Riverside and 19 television stations, said the Dallas newspaper would report a greater-than-expected decline in its September circulation figures. It also said the newspaper's vice president of operations in charge of circulation had resigned.
July 3, 2004 |
Comcast Corp. and Cox Communications Inc., the largest and fourth-largest U.S. cable-television operators, said the Securities and Exchange Commission had asked the companies for information about how they count subscribers. About 20 telephone, wireless and cable-TV companies have been asked about subscriber data by the SEC, according to a person familiar with the matter. Comcast and Cox acknowledged receiving the inquiries but declined to comment further.
April 21, 2004 |
AT&T Wireless Services Inc. had its first-ever loss of subscribers last quarter because of computer glitches, while its future parent, Cingular Wireless, added 554,000 customers after improving network quality. AT&T Wireless, which agreed to sell itself for $41 billion in February, said it lost a net 367,000 users in the first quarter. Cingular's parents, SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp.